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Good Sleeping Posture: What you should know about sleep ergonomics

Good Sleeping Posture: What you should know about sleep ergonomics | SF Custom Chiropractic
 
It happens to all of us: You start the day feeling tired, achy, and sore. There could be many reasons for this: You had a hard day or you worked out a lot. However, one of the more common reasons for waking up in pain – and then being in pain for the rest of the day – may have more to do with your sleep posture than anything else. This is why it is so important to understand what sleep ergonomics are, and how you can improve your sleep ergonomics in order to get a better night’s sleep.

What are sleep ergonomics?

Sleep ergonomics are the posture that you assume when sleeping. It may sound silly, but this posture can have a massive impact on the quality of sleep you get, the pain that you feel when you wake up in the morning, and the overall health of your joints.
There are some positions that are better than others for sleep. For example, it has been well documented that sleeping on your stomach is actually the worst position to sleep in. This is because it can strain your back and spine, and this can impact your overall sleep quality and levels of pain. Sleeping on your back is considered the best way to sleep for the same reasons. 

How can I improve my sleep ergonomics? 

Thankfully, we aren’t powerless to address the issues that we may face when we sleep, and there are many ways that you can improve your sleep. These include:

  • Altering your position when you sleep by reducing sleeping on your stomach and instead of sleeping on your back or side.
  • Speaking with a sleep professional to determine the best kind of pillow or mattress for the way that you sleep. A variety of medical specialists, including chiropractors, can give you this expert advice.
  • Use pillows in appropriate places – like under your neck or knees – in order to give your spine more support, thus eliminating the strain placed on your spinal column. 
  • Choosing the right mattress for your sleeping style and replacing that mattress on a regular basis in order to ensure that it doesn’t become too flat. The right mattress will support your spine but also be flexible enough to provide comfort as you turn in your sleep. 
  • Trying to keep your entire body aligned, at least when you fall asleep. This decreases the odds that you will twist into a painful condition as you rest during the night. 

If you find that you are still in pain – or if you are looking for a general check-up – reach out to a chiropractor today. 

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